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MEGAMicrobe event for children set for Saturday, Oct.19

Oct. 11, 2019, 9:20 AM


by Bill Snyder

Explore the “great big world of tiny creatures” — microbes — during a free hands-on event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Granbery Elementary School gymnasium at 5501 Hill Road in Brentwood.

Hosted by the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (VI4), the third annual MEGAMicrobe event is open to children under age 15 as well as parents and teachers.

While conducting experiments, doing crafts and playing games at booths staffed by Vanderbilt scientists, participants will learn how animals are affected by microbes including bacteria, viruses and other germs.

Children are encouraged to come dressed for Halloween and will have a chance to win prizes. MEGAMicrobe’s goal is to make an important subject — science and science education — fun and accessible.

VI4 was established in 2017 to coordinate initiatives among the rapidly evolving disciplines of infection biology, immunology and inflammatory diseases. For more information, go to or email Megan Schladt at

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